“Being chosen as one of the YAC Members of the Year is an honor! I love working with my peers through this
organization to find and solve the problems that are so prevalent in our
community. YAC prepares me to be a
change maker not only in high school, but for years to come.”
Sarah Schwan, YAC Member of the
On Tuesday, June 12th, Healthy
Choices Caring Communities (HC3) awarded Sauder Village (Steve Van Sickle) and Scott Haselman, 2017-18 Coalition Champion of the Year. This is
an annual award for community partners who go “above and beyond” to support HC3’s
countywide efforts in reducing underage substance use.
Scott Haselman, Fulton County
Prosecutor, has been an instrumental force in the development of both the
Opiate Task Force as well as the #Talk2Me Social Norms Campaign. Scott regularly attends the HC3 coalition
meetings as a guest, providing valuable insight into substance use issues in Fulton
County from the judicial perspective. He
routinely supports HC3 Partnership, providing funding for the #Talk2Me Campaign
school spirit shirts for all Fulton County middle school students, allowing HC3
to share information about resources as well as promoting the #Talk2Me
During the development of the
#Talk2Me Campaign, HC3 needed a grand prize for our Talk2Me Challenge video
contest and approached Sauder Village to ask for a discounted vacation package. In response to that request, Sauder Village
generously donated the entire “Sauder Village Family Get-Away” package. The partnership with Steve Van Sickle and
Sauder Village helped to drive the success of this challenge, reaching a
significant number of Fulton County community members.
The 2017-18 Coalition Member of the Year awards were also presented during
the Healthy Choices Caring Communities meeting to Tante Lovins and Toni Schindler. This award is given annually to members of
the HC3 coalition who have demonstrated exemplary service for the coalition and
Toni Schindler serves as the Chair
of our Publicity Committee and works tirelessly to offer ideas and support for these
publicity efforts. She is a creative,
“out of the box” thinker who uses data to determine how to make the biggest
impact. She has been a key partner for the
#Talk2Me Campaign and utilizes her connections within the community to share
the work of HC3. Toni tirelessly gives
her time, energy and expertise to help the coalition gain a better
understanding of the youth substances issues in Fulton County and collaborates with
the community to prevent and reduce these issues.
Tante Lovins and the United Way of
Fulton County have been supporters of HC3 from the beginning. Their financial support and willingness to
encourage community support of this organization has allowed HC3 to build the
firm foundation the coalition enjoys today.
Tante is faithful in her meeting attendance, serves on both Alcohol Task
Force as well as our Publicity Committee, and is always willing to say yes to
requests for her time, expertise, and energy.
The final awards presented by HC3
were the 2017-18 YAC Member of the Year
awards. Youth Advisory Council (YAC)
members were asked to submit recommendations for member of the year based on whom
they thought offered the best overall contribution to the group’s success. This year’s awards recognize two exemplary
students, Falcon Hassenzahl and Sarah Schwan.
Falcon Hassenzahl is a first-year
YAC member who has shown great commitment and dedication to the program. He is passionate about working to better the
community and motivates others to take action as well. Falcon inspires his fellow members with his
energy, enthusiasm and great ideas. When
asked to describe why he should be chosen for member of the year, Falcon said, “Never
have I felt so empowered to take action as I have while being a member of YAC.”
Sarah Schwan, a two-year YAC member,
served on the leadership board this past year. Sarah consistently plans social events for YAC
members and takes a tremendous leadership role within the group. Fellow YAC members cite Sarah as an extremely
organized and hardworking member who shows a constant positive attitude. She is very active within the group and went the
extra mile to help coordinate the planning and execution of our spring
HC3 is making a difference and YOU can help!
Visit our Get Involved page and see how.
Shown Below from left to right: Scott Haselman, Toni Schindler, Sharon Morr, Tante Lovins, Karen Pennington,
Falcon Hassenzahl, Steve Van Sickle, (not shown: Sarah Schwan)